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Supreme Court refuses to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president

N Srinivasan was asked to step down as BCCI chief by the apex court © IANS
N Srinivasan was asked to step down as BCCI chief by the apex court © IANS

Sep 1, 2014

The Superme Court of India on Monday refused to reinstate N Srinivasan as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The apex court also provided the Mudgal Committee another two months’ time to complete its report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy.

The Supreme Court has asked the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led panel looking into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal, to investigate the matter for two more months. The hearing of this case has been adjourned till November 10, 2014. The Mudgal Panel had earlier submitted its interim report after conducting a few investigations. However, it is yet to meet a few players and gain more details in this case.

This could have its implications on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Annual General Meeting. N Srinivasan was earlier asked to step aside as BCCI President and he cannot apply for another term unless the investigations are not complete.

Earlier in March this year, the Supreme Court said that Srinivasan should step down from his post to ensure a fair probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. BCCI’s lawyer was told by the Supreme Court that Srinivasan will have to step down in case the board intends to clean the game. The court added that if in case Srinivasan doesn’t step down, it will be forced to make a verdict in the case.

“In our opinion, Srinivasan has to step down for a fair investigation into the allegation of betting,” said Justice AK Patnaik in the course of the hearing on the report of Justice Mudgal that went into the allegations of betting and spot fixing in the IPL.

As senior counsel CA Sundaram sought to defend the action by the BCCI, Justice Patnaik said: “We will show the papers. You see it and tell us as a counsel about your opinion and not as a paid counsel for Srinivasan.”

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